Japan 2020: Tiger Woods’ compatriot Xander Schauffele desperate for Olympic medal

Peggy Schauffele won a Paralympic gold in the 2004 Games Tiger Woods’ fellow American Xander Schauffele says he has an old photograph of himself with an Olympic gold medal he thought was gone. Schauffele,…

Japan 2020: Tiger Woods' compatriot Xander Schauffele desperate for Olympic medal

Peggy Schauffele won a Paralympic gold in the 2004 Games

Tiger Woods’ fellow American Xander Schauffele says he has an old photograph of himself with an Olympic gold medal he thought was gone.

Schauffele, 25, competed in 2016 in Rio and picked up a silver medal behind compatriot Anthony Kappes.

But now Schauffele, who was aiming for a different kind of gold at the Tokyo 2020 Games, insists he has a picture of himself in Olympic company.

“It was our Olympic highlight this year, it was pretty funny,” he said.

Schauffele’s father, Theo, was diagnosed with terminal cancer just three weeks before his son made history by winning the Deutsche Bank Championship in September.

And while he lost his fight for his life the following day, Schauffele is determined to continue living his dream.

“The first year out of college, the Rio Olympics was the highest highlight that year. After that, I was all about making it to Tokyo,” Schauffele told the Golf Channel.

“I think my dad’s making me feel a little pressure, but I’m not backing off at all. The goal is still going to be Tokyo and winning an Olympic gold is definitely still on my list.

“I haven’t won anything yet, so winning a silver or bronze medal at the Olympics at least would make it easier on me.”

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